I recently attended The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) spring conference in Boston. It was a great trip. Oh, the meeting was fine - I learned some new tricks and met some old friends. An unexpected highlight for me, however, was the fantastic weather and a city alive with spring - three straight days of 75-80 degrees and bright sun in Boston the middle of May. With the beautiful weather and some time on my hands, I was able to take advantage of Boston's well-deserved reputation as a great walking city. Several times, I made the trip up Massachusetts Avenue across the Harvard Bridge to Cambridge - to the heart of the MIT campus. With joggers, bicyclists and students everywhere, I almost (but not quite) wished I were back in school.
MIT, of course, is among the leading universities in the world, a nonpareil science, engineering and research institution. Flush with excitement from spring and a vibrant college community, I used some of my extra time to browse the MIT Web site (http://mit.edu/), intent on becoming acquainted with some of MIT's latest scientific and technological research. Instead, I discovered OpenCourseWare from the MIT home page and have been figuratively back in school - without the pressure of grades - ever since.
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